Muslim Firsts
Contemporary Muslims in the US and the
     world who made or are making a
               difference.




  ...
Disclaimer
             All images are obtained from the
             public domain and are the
             copyrights of...
Why: Muslim Firsts?
 There is a lot of negativity around
 Muslims in America and the world.
 We all need heroes past and p...
US Muslim Firsts


 Politics
 Science
 Business
 Community
 Sports
 Arts, Music, Literature
First President to be elected with
a Muslim name: 2009
Barack Hussein Obama




 Note: President Obama’s recognized faith ...
First Muslim to give opening prayer
in Congress: 1991
 Imam Siraj Wahaj
First Muslim elected to US
   Congress: Keith Ellison, 2006




Took oath on Quran belonging to founding father, Thomas Je...
First Muslim woman & hijabi in
President Obama’s administration:
Dalia Mogahed, 2009




Dalia led the Gallup American Cen...
First Muslim Co-Founder, Largest
American-Muslim Civil Rights
Organization: Omar Ahmad




    CAIR: Council on American I...
First Muslims to Co-Produce a
PBS Nationally broadcast
Program: Michael Wolfe & Alex
Kronemer




  Michael   Alex
  Wolfe...
First Afghan-American to write a
Best-seller: Khaled Hosseini




   Over 10 Million copies of Kite Runner sold
First American-Muslim Producer &
Director of Epic films:
Moustapha Akkad




   Directed “The Message”, “The Lion of the D...
First Woman President of largest
American-Islamic Organization
ISNA: Dr. Ingrid Mattson
First Muslim-American woman in
space: Anousheh Ansari
First Nobel Prize in Chemistry
by an American-Muslim 1999:
Ahmed H. Zewail




 “For his studies of the transition states ...
First Muslim Civil Rights leader:
Malcolm X
First Muslim structural engineer to
build tallest US building: Sears
Tower: Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan
First Muslim Woman to Become a
Michigan State Representative:
Rashida Talib
First Muslim chaplain at Marine
Corps: Abuhena Saifulislam
First Muslim entrepreneur to go
IPO: Safi Qureshey




  Co-founder and former CEO of AST Research (a
  top 10 major PC Co...
First mainstream Muslim
comedian: Dave Chappelle
First Person & Muslim to win the
heavy weight boxing championship
3 times: Muhammad Ali




 Also the first person to have...
First player and Muslim to win
 highest points total of any NBA
 player in league history (38,387)
 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


...
Muslim Firsts from the rest of
the World
 Politics
 Science
 Business
 Community
 Sports
 Arts, Music, Literature
First Muslim Peer in House of
Lords, 1998
Lord Nazir Ahmed
Canada's First Muslim Woman
MP, 2004: Yasmin Ratansi
First woman elected to lead a
Muslim state, Prime Minister of
Pakistan: Benazir Bhutto (1988-90;
1993–1996)




    Assass...
First “Banker to the poor” &
Inventor of Micro-loans:
Muhammad Yunus




Nobel Peace prize winner, 2006 with GRAMEEN BANK
...
First Muslim astronaut in space,
1985: Prince Sultan bin Salman
First Muslim Doctor & Malaysian in
space, 2007: Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar
Shukor




(Prayed and kept Ramadan Fast in while in ...
First Muslim to win Nobel Peace
Prize, in 2005 for his work on
preventing nuclear proliferation
Mohamed Elbaradei




“Wit...
First Muslim to win Nobel Peace
  Prize, for work on democracy and
  human rights in 2003:
  Shirin Ibadi




“For her eff...
First Muslim director nominated
for Academy Award for Best
Foreign Language Film:
Majid Majidi
First Muslim to win Nobel prize for
Literature in 1988:
Naguib Mahfouz
First Muslim women to climb Mt.
Everest: Farkhondeh Sadegh &
Laleh Keshavarz
First elected Turkish-Muslim MP
with hijab prevented from taking
oath:
Merve Kavakçı, 1999
First French Muslim to help
France win 1998 FIFA World cup:
Zinedine Zidane




Helped France reach the 2006 World Cup Fin...
First African-Muslim Player to win
back-to-back NBA Championships:
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon
First Muslim athlete to ever take
part in an Olympics wearing a
hijab: Ruqaya Al Ghasara




Ruqaya was from Bahrain,… and...
First Muslim cricket-player to hit the
fastest one day international century
(37 balls), in 1998 Shahid Afridi




Also 2n...
First Muslim Squash player with
longest winning streak:
Jahangir Khan




6 World Opens, 10 British Opens and unbeaten fro...
World Record for Mile:
Hicham El Guerrouj: 3:43:13
July 7, 1999, Rome




 Hicham is from Morocco. Previous record held by...
First Muslim Bullfighter in Spain:
Mehdi Savalli
Australia's first female Muslim
lifeguard: Mecca Laalaa
First English-Muslim Pop-Singer:
to hit multiple #1-hits.
Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam)




As Cat Stevens, he has sold over 6...
First Muslim to win 2 Oscars, 2009:
Allah Rakha (A. R.) Rahman
First Miss Arab World Contest:
2007: Wafaa Yaakoub




      A beauty pagaent won by a hijabi
First Afghan to don most popular
cover for National Geographic:
Sharbat Gula
Conclusion: Muslim Firsts




Although some of these people may be famous, rich, or had God-given
gifts, each and everyone...
References
 WikiPedia
 The Web
 The Muslim community in the US
 Reference Librarians in Milpitas and
 Sunnyvale, CA
 MyFav...
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Muslim Firsts 1.1: Contemporary Muslims in the US and the world who made or are making a difference

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Have you seen the top ten list of Firsts online or in books? If so there is an almost total absence of Muslims. Although through faith Muslims have many people in history to aspire to we also need contemporary examples of success and role-models.
This presentation is a small effort to share some Muslim firsts in different fields in the US and the world.

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  • thanks a a lot i hope u can do more Muslim lists pls cos we all are impressed
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  • wow you did a great job keep it up and i was also going to comment that you missed yasser arafat but someone has already done that but wow great job
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  • Excellent work Javed. This is a must-see for all Muslim-Americans. Thank you for taking the time in pulling this together.
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  • Good collection ... you missed Yasser Arafat - first muslim ever to win the Nobel Peace prize.

    Good work.
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  • very nice you really took time and researched them gazak allah khair
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Muslim Firsts 1.1: Contemporary Muslims in the US and the world who made or are making a difference

  1. 1. Muslim Firsts Contemporary Muslims in the US and the world who made or are making a difference. Javed Mohammed Writer-Producer Writer- k2film@live.com Changing the world one story at a time Copyright 2009
  2. 2. Disclaimer All images are obtained from the public domain and are the copyrights of the respective holders. This document and all its other content and claims are copyright of Javed Mohammed Copyright 2009. Although every care has been taken to research and present accurate information, some Muslim firsts are not well documented and others maybe subjective. This presentation is not and cannot cover all accomplishments of Muslims in America or the world. It is a small effort to share and inspire. The writer/producer of this media content bears no responsibility to any claims made.
  3. 3. Why: Muslim Firsts? There is a lot of negativity around Muslims in America and the world. We all need heroes past and present What follows is a sample of Contemporary Muslims who have made headlines or a difference to the wider community. They made a difference and so can you.
  4. 4. US Muslim Firsts Politics Science Business Community Sports Arts, Music, Literature
  5. 5. First President to be elected with a Muslim name: 2009 Barack Hussein Obama Note: President Obama’s recognized faith is Christianity
  6. 6. First Muslim to give opening prayer in Congress: 1991 Imam Siraj Wahaj
  7. 7. First Muslim elected to US Congress: Keith Ellison, 2006 Took oath on Quran belonging to founding father, Thomas Jefferson
  8. 8. First Muslim woman & hijabi in President Obama’s administration: Dalia Mogahed, 2009 Dalia led the Gallup American Center for Muslim Studies
  9. 9. First Muslim Co-Founder, Largest American-Muslim Civil Rights Organization: Omar Ahmad CAIR: Council on American Islamic Relations
  10. 10. First Muslims to Co-Produce a PBS Nationally broadcast Program: Michael Wolfe & Alex Kronemer Michael Alex Wolfe Kronemer
  11. 11. First Afghan-American to write a Best-seller: Khaled Hosseini Over 10 Million copies of Kite Runner sold
  12. 12. First American-Muslim Producer & Director of Epic films: Moustapha Akkad Directed “The Message”, “The Lion of the Desert” and Halloween series
  13. 13. First Woman President of largest American-Islamic Organization ISNA: Dr. Ingrid Mattson
  14. 14. First Muslim-American woman in space: Anousheh Ansari
  15. 15. First Nobel Prize in Chemistry by an American-Muslim 1999: Ahmed H. Zewail “For his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopyquot;
  16. 16. First Muslim Civil Rights leader: Malcolm X
  17. 17. First Muslim structural engineer to build tallest US building: Sears Tower: Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan
  18. 18. First Muslim Woman to Become a Michigan State Representative: Rashida Talib
  19. 19. First Muslim chaplain at Marine Corps: Abuhena Saifulislam
  20. 20. First Muslim entrepreneur to go IPO: Safi Qureshey Co-founder and former CEO of AST Research (a top 10 major PC Computer manufacturer in 1990s) and a former member of President Clinton's Export Council.
  21. 21. First mainstream Muslim comedian: Dave Chappelle
  22. 22. First Person & Muslim to win the heavy weight boxing championship 3 times: Muhammad Ali Also the first person to have his title stripped away for Being a Conscientious Objector
  23. 23. First player and Muslim to win highest points total of any NBA player in league history (38,387) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar The first Muslim on an NBA team winning back-to-back NBA championships 6 MVPs, 6 NBA NBA championships and patented skyhook
  24. 24. Muslim Firsts from the rest of the World Politics Science Business Community Sports Arts, Music, Literature
  25. 25. First Muslim Peer in House of Lords, 1998 Lord Nazir Ahmed
  26. 26. Canada's First Muslim Woman MP, 2004: Yasmin Ratansi
  27. 27. First woman elected to lead a Muslim state, Prime Minister of Pakistan: Benazir Bhutto (1988-90; 1993–1996) Assassinated in 2007 on verge of 3rd election
  28. 28. First “Banker to the poor” & Inventor of Micro-loans: Muhammad Yunus Nobel Peace prize winner, 2006 with GRAMEEN BANK for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.
  29. 29. First Muslim astronaut in space, 1985: Prince Sultan bin Salman
  30. 30. First Muslim Doctor & Malaysian in space, 2007: Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (Prayed and kept Ramadan Fast in while in space)
  31. 31. First Muslim to win Nobel Peace Prize, in 2005 for his work on preventing nuclear proliferation Mohamed Elbaradei “With IAEA for efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and for safe nuclear energy use.”
  32. 32. First Muslim to win Nobel Peace Prize, for work on democracy and human rights in 2003: Shirin Ibadi “For her efforts on democracy and human rights”
  33. 33. First Muslim director nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: Majid Majidi
  34. 34. First Muslim to win Nobel prize for Literature in 1988: Naguib Mahfouz
  35. 35. First Muslim women to climb Mt. Everest: Farkhondeh Sadegh & Laleh Keshavarz
  36. 36. First elected Turkish-Muslim MP with hijab prevented from taking oath: Merve Kavakçı, 1999
  37. 37. First French Muslim to help France win 1998 FIFA World cup: Zinedine Zidane Helped France reach the 2006 World Cup Finals and recognized by Pele as one of the all-time greats in 2004
  38. 38. First African-Muslim Player to win back-to-back NBA Championships: Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon
  39. 39. First Muslim athlete to ever take part in an Olympics wearing a hijab: Ruqaya Al Ghasara Ruqaya was from Bahrain,… and she won
  40. 40. First Muslim cricket-player to hit the fastest one day international century (37 balls), in 1998 Shahid Afridi Also 2nd highest runs in an over: Sequence 6-6-6-6-2-1
  41. 41. First Muslim Squash player with longest winning streak: Jahangir Khan 6 World Opens, 10 British Opens and unbeaten from 1981- 1986, 555 consecutive matches
  42. 42. World Record for Mile: Hicham El Guerrouj: 3:43:13 July 7, 1999, Rome Hicham is from Morocco. Previous record held by Noureddin Morceli (Algeria)
  43. 43. First Muslim Bullfighter in Spain: Mehdi Savalli
  44. 44. Australia's first female Muslim lifeguard: Mecca Laalaa
  45. 45. First English-Muslim Pop-Singer: to hit multiple #1-hits. Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) As Cat Stevens, he has sold over 60 million albums around the world since the late 1960s
  46. 46. First Muslim to win 2 Oscars, 2009: Allah Rakha (A. R.) Rahman
  47. 47. First Miss Arab World Contest: 2007: Wafaa Yaakoub A beauty pagaent won by a hijabi
  48. 48. First Afghan to don most popular cover for National Geographic: Sharbat Gula
  49. 49. Conclusion: Muslim Firsts Although some of these people may be famous, rich, or had God-given gifts, each and everyone had to struggle to make their mark. What is your vision, who is your inspiration, what are you waiting for? Time is the greatest asset we have: Use it or lose it. Now go make a difference Javed Mohammed, Salam and Peace be with you.
  50. 50. References WikiPedia The Web The Muslim community in the US Reference Librarians in Milpitas and Sunnyvale, CA MyFavoriteReview.com SlideShare: Muslim Cinema From Hollywood to Bollywood Muslims and Media CultureWars.org.uk (search javed mohammed)
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